Fender Benders: What to Do if You Hit a Parked Car
#1 Stay Put
Even if your first instinct is to flee, you should never, ever leave the scene of an accident. Insurance.com states almost 70 percent of hit-and-run collisions are parking lot accidents. But you should never leave. Chances are that someone saw you or there is video footage of the crash.
Even if you think the damage is ‘minor’ or almost “unnoticeable” in a simple fender bender, leaving without taking care of the situation is both illegal and irresponsible. It is much better (and less expensive) to take care of the collision repairs upfront rather than face fines, a license suspension, or criminal charges for damaging someone’s property and leaving. Don’t take the chance of getting points on your license or seeing a huge jump in insurance fees.
#4 Call the Insurance Company
This step is probably the most painful one of all, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day. By contacting your insurance company early on, you can get the repair process moving and get back to life as usual. Calling Orlando Auto Body (480-428-2783) to handle the collision repairs for you can make the process even easier, especially when a lot of red tape is involved.